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The Ace was in the Vox line from at least 1962; one of numerous solid body guitars produced in the United Kingdom by JMI. It had a model designation V-2-5 or V205. It was equipped with two pickups, initially chrome-covered Vox 1950s/60s single coil pickup (although briefly), then the typical Vox V1 units. Finally these were upgraded to white Vox V2 pickups with individual polepieces.
Early models are characterised by their long headstock (also seen on early Super Ace (three pickup model), Duotone (no tremolo) and Clubman models) but this neck was discontinued most likely by mid/late 1963.
Unlike the better known, and somewhat similar dual-pickup model, the Shadow, which was fitted with the Standard Vox Tremolo, the Ace was fitted with the Ace de Luxe Tremolo. The Ace was a higher end model than the Shadow, and it did have a better neck with a curved rosewood fingerboard, compared to the completely flat neck of the Shadow. It still had no adjustable truss rod though, and (early examples at least) still had a laminate wood body. Later models were made of an unspecified "lightweight hardwood", most likely mahogany or agba.
This is how the Vox Ace was described in the 1964 Vox catalogue 'Precision in Sound'.
Despite the description above, other colours were also shipped in small numbers beyond 1964, pale blue for example.
Vox Stroller I 1963 Vox Symphonic bass - new posting Vox Ace custom job
Vox Stroller I
1963 Vox Symphonic bass - new posting
Vox Ace custom job
The Vox Ace changed continually throughout the course of it's production; some changes are very subtle indeed, some very much more obvious; see some of these summarised below. Remember all dates are approximate.